Posted 13 September 2012 - 04:57
Pensupply2000's question is interesting. I don't believe there is any such thing as a 23K gold-filled pen. (But conceivably there is; it isn't ordinary, though.)
Gold-plated, yes, because gold plating can be exceedingly thin. Nor do I have any sense that Cross has manufactured merely gold-plated pens; the gold-colored Cross pens I know about (which may not be the entire universe of Cross pens) are gold-filled or solid gold.
At present I own a Century II presumably made in China and marked 1/20 10K, either rolled gold or gold-filled, those being synonymous terms and my eyes being temporarily foggy. The pen definitely states the gold content. I am also aware of Cross pens made of 12K rolled gold and own two, my Century BP and FP. There has been 14K rolled gold and, for all I know, but I've never touched an example, 18K rolled gold. And Cross has made pens of solid 14K gold, not rolled gold. Back in my day, so to speak. Perhaps by now solid 18K gold.
I would find it odd that Cross USA made a pen with an all-gold appearance without labeling the gold content, assuming that it was rolled gold or solid gold. The 23K gold plating one may find on clips, cap lips, and the brand-indicative bit at the top of the cap, would not be labeled. That amount of gold would not be worth quantifying.
So, yes, I'd say that among pens made in the USA there are more possibilities for Pensupply2000 than 10K rolled gold. Indeed, I'm not sure Cross got as far down as 10K while manufacturing in the United States. Others will know better than I do.